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Matt Booty Now Corporate VP of Microsoft Studios, Replacing Phil Spencer

Matt Booty has taken the role of corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios, effectively replacing Phil Spencer’s old position prior to him moving on to be executive VP of gaming at the company.

This new position means Booty will be in charge of overseeing development on a multitude of Microsoft’s largest gaming properties including Gears of War, Age of Empires, Forza, Halo, and more. Booty was previously the boss of Microsoft’s internal Minecraft team, who handled Mojang and their ongoing sandbox game, Minecraft.

Previously, Booty worked at Midway Games on key titles like Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam, until he eventually became CEO of the company in 2008. He joined Microsoft in 2010 as their head of Redmond Studios after Midway went bankrupt, and later became the overseer of Mojang in 2015.

Microsoft Studios have their hands full with lots of games cooking in the oven including Age of Empires IV, new “definitive editions” for Age of Empires II and III, Crackdown 3 (if it will ever be released), as well as ongoing support for titles like Minecraft.

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47 comments
  1. Anon_Amous
    Anon_Amous
    January 19, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Come on with that name.

  2. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    January 19, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Xbox is about to shake its money maker.

  3. Amethyst Eclipse
    Amethyst Eclipse
    January 19, 2018 at 10:36 am

    No wonder it smells like shit.

  4. The Clansman
    The Clansman
    January 19, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Let’s see if this guy is better, Matrick ruined Xbox with the Kinect and TV shit, Spencer leave it without any exclusives, I wonder what this fucker will do to ruin it even more.

  5. chad
    chad
    January 19, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Come on with that name.

  6. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    January 19, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Don’t count on this meaning they will actually deliver games.

  7. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    January 19, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Regarding Spencer, what else could he do? Microsoft wants to promote two competing platforms, Windows and Xbox, so they either have to fuck over one platform by only making a game for Windows or Xbox, or they have to get rid of exclusives which leaves only those terrified of computers buying an Xbox.

  8. Mechonis
    Mechonis
    January 19, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Shame because I actually LIKED Phil Spencer. Oh well, Xbox is dead anyways

  9. malbhet
    malbhet
    January 19, 2018 at 11:07 am

    MATT BOOTY? ROTFLMFAO aaaahhhXD Sounds like a porn name, that’s rich XD

  10. jimmyfizzle
    jimmyfizzle
    January 19, 2018 at 11:31 am

    MATT BOOTY? ROTFLMFAO aaaahhhXD Sounds like a porn name, that’s rich XDHis parents must’ve really been watching a lot of porn when his mom was pregnant with him lol:D

  11. tetrisdork
    tetrisdork
    January 19, 2018 at 11:42 am

    As stated, Phil is still the overall boss of Microsoft’s gaming division. We’ll still see him and his shirts at E3.

  12. Fabio
    Fabio
    January 19, 2018 at 11:42 am

    And so is your reading comprehension.

  13. Fabio
    Fabio
    January 19, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Windows and Xbox aren’t competing platforms. They are effectively the same platform. Xbox is just one way of playing MS games, the PC is another.

  14. Jared Bellow
    Jared Bellow
    January 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Good luck saving the X Box dumpster fire. I think it’s too late.

  15. InkViper
    InkViper
    January 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    With a name like that I wonder how long It will take before he gets accused of sexual misconduct.

  16. The Clansman
    The Clansman
    January 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Xbox games are really awful on Windows, first of all is the requirement of the Windows store which is shit and has tons of bugs, I had to redownload Gears of War 4 like 3 times because of fuck ups. Second, that same game is completely empty because the versus mode doesn’t have cross play. Games like Killer Instinct and Forza are awesome, but the same will happen with Halo 6 when it comes out, the game is crippled because you simply can’t play online, and most people don’t want to buy games from the Windows store anyway.

    But I still can’t justify buying an Xbox just to play a couple of games online since it doesn’t have any exclusive game.

  17. Israel Reyes
    Israel Reyes
    January 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Don’t forget “Let them eat cake.”

  18. JohnnyCageFan2
    JohnnyCageFan2
    January 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    The guy looks like an ass. One that goes cycles on weekends.

    Seriously, Sony hires a cunt and Microsoft hires an ass. And Nintendo… well Nintendo has Reggie, who encompasses both.

  19. JohnnyCageFan2
    JohnnyCageFan2
    January 19, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    ‘Shopped or not, he’s looking pretty fly.

  20. GameZard
    GameZard
    January 19, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    So he is an ass man.

  21. porkbun
    porkbun
    January 19, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    unfortunate family name

  22. JohnnyCageFan2
    JohnnyCageFan2
    January 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    As there’s no such thing as a bad ass-man, are you saying Microsoft has a chance?

  23. Larverto
    Larverto
    January 19, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    I read the article without trying to laugh. Mission failed.

  24. RetroGamer
    RetroGamer
    January 21, 2018 at 9:55 am

    If only he had become a rapper…

  25. DAT NIGGA LUFFY
    DAT NIGGA LUFFY
    January 22, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Now if only they could have some exclusives.

  26. DAT NIGGA LUFFY
    DAT NIGGA LUFFY
    January 22, 2018 at 3:22 am

    A legal yakuza

  27. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    January 22, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Depends on who you’re asking.

  28. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    January 22, 2018 at 11:12 am

    It’s a family name. So unless they changed their Last name while she was pregnant and watching porn, your comment makes no sense.

  29. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    January 22, 2018 at 11:14 am

    But typically PC is better, no? So doesn’t that hurt Xbox overall?

  30. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    January 22, 2018 at 11:14 am

    deja vu

  31. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    January 22, 2018 at 11:14 am

    deja vu.

  32. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    January 22, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Come on me with that name.

  33. AnimeFan89
    AnimeFan89
    January 23, 2018 at 1:29 am

    This man literally answered the call to action in the corporate world, ergo the “Booty” call.

  34. malbhet
    malbhet
    January 23, 2018 at 6:20 am

    It’s a damn joke dude, learn to smile for once in your life ffs:p

  35. malbhet
    malbhet
    January 23, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Btw there is such a thing where parents are known to give their children different last names when they’re born, so his parents could have easily done this!

  36. Fabio
    Fabio
    January 23, 2018 at 7:28 am

    No. Even if you’re on PC it’s still an Xbox game. MS just acts like the PC is another way to play Xbox. You buy it on Xbox, you can play it on PC and vice-versa. It’s effectively the same sale.

    It will hurt Xbox hardware sales numbers, but it also expands the market for the Xbox exclusive games, by selling them to PC-only users.

    Edit: this is MS we are talking about, if they are doing it, it’s because it brings in more money

  37. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    January 23, 2018 at 11:12 am

    didn’t sound like a joke. Maybe it’s just the way you worded it made it sound like english wasn’t your first language, and you were like that one student that just transferred in that didn’t really get what humor was.
    My bad.

  38. malbhet
    malbhet
    January 23, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    How about these english words then, eat a fat dick! How do you like that english insult you fucking retarded fat fuck!

  39. RPG
    RPG
    January 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Swiggity swooty….

  40. Anon_Amous
    Anon_Amous
    January 23, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Wait in line.

  41. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    January 23, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Much Better!

  42. Jack Thompson
    Jack Thompson
    January 24, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    >replying to bots

  43. Snorlaxation
    Snorlaxation
    January 25, 2018 at 10:53 am

    honestly not sure which is the bot and which is not. some of them have private accounts, some don’t, and some have several stolen comments that i’d have to track down to know for sure.

    On top of that, I honestly thought it was just people copying other people’s comments till I realized, “oh, bots!’